This Day in Movie History – November 18th, 1994 – Star Trek: Generations Released in Theaters

The crews of the original Star Trek saga and The Next Generation meet!


The seventh Star Trek feature film was released on this day in 1994. Courtesy: Paramount / Viacom / CBS

Star Trek: Generations was released in theaters on November 18th, 1994. The film was penned by Brannon Braga and Ronald D. Moore, with story by Moore, Braga, and Rick Berman. It was directed by David Carson, with the score composed by Dennis McCarthy.

The film opens with the Enterprise-B rescuing trapped ships from a mysterious and deadly anomaly, one which seems to claim the life of the legendary Captain Kirk. Nearly a century later, the crew of the Enterprise-B investigate an attack on a Federation observatory, which could have a connection with that “nexus” and the alien who will stop at nothing to get back to it.

The seventh Star Trek film was the first theatrical feature not to focus exclusively on the original Star Trek crew. William Shatner, James Doohan, and Walter Koenig star alongside Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner and all of the crew of Star Trek: The Next Generation. The film marks the destruction of the Galaxy-class Enterprise-D seen throughout the run of the television series, as well as the death of Captain Kirk. Kirk would not be officially brought to life, although his saga would continue in a non-canonical series of novels. The Enterprise-D’s successor would debut in the next film, First Contact.

Tim Russ appears in a role at the beginning of the film, as an officer on the Enterprise-D. He would later star as Tuvok in Star Trek: Voyager.

The film was a success at the box office, making over $115 million on a reported budget of $35 million. Three more features starring the Next Generation crew would follow.


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